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    Surprisingly good

    I don’t normally read books written by “celebrities” but I admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this written by Graham Norton. What initially grabbed me was the fact that it is set in a remote Irish village and I was curious to see how it compared to my experiences of spending my summer holidays in a village in Northern Ireland and I have to say that I feel that Mr Norton captured the atmosphere, the people and the humour excellently but then I would expect that really with him being Irish ;) Set in the fictional village of Duneen where nothing remarkable happens until builders unearth a body and so opens long hidden secrets and lies of various inhabitants. The book is written from the perspectives of those inhabitants and this is where Mr Norton excels; he has created some excellent, believable characters who continue to develop throughout the book. The writing style makes this easy to read and it flows really well from character to character. The descriptions of the people and the village are vivid and you quickly become immersed in the story and the mystery contained therein. It could quite easily be a dark and brooding story which could have resulted in a bleak read but Mr Norton interjects some of his well-known wit and humour to lighten the mood whilst not overdoing it. Overall I enjoyed this book, it isn’t full of “edge of the seat” moments but it is perfect for those cold, winter days when you just want something comfortable to read that is not over-taxing on the brain and I will look out for further books written by Mr Norton. Thank you to the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, via NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review.
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    Wow surprise hit, well done Mr Norton

    What a lovely read, so many twists and turns, couldn't put it down. Loved the characters, just a brilliant read. Not what I expected from Graham Norton, hopefully this is not the last.
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    Really good read. Most enjoyable.

    Quite a clever book with many backstories running with central story. Would have liked it to go on a bit longer. Read and enjoy.
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    Great debut

    Very accomplished debut, spot on detail. Twisted away nicely, unpredictable. Nortons voice is obvious, looking forward to the next one.
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    Holding

    Really enjoyed this debut novel. Easy read. Not what I was expecting from G. N. but pleasantly surprised. More please.
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